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New Taliban leader's first public comments aim to quickly heal rifts in Afghan insurgency

Aug 05, 2015    

Peshawar: If the first public comments from the Afghan Taliban's newly appointed leader are anything to go by, Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor recognises how fractured the militant movement has become and that humility and consensus may be his best way forward.Mansoor, who was deputy to the late Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, is widely seen as close to neighbouring Pakistan's powerful military intelligence, which helped create the Taliban in the 1990s and has maintained links ever since.That would suggest he was in favour of nascent peace talks with the Afghan government that Pakistan has stron...

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